A copy of the West Australian newspaper showing headlines surrounding the death of Phillip Hughes. Photograph: Paul Kane/Getty Images
The Morning Sports Briefing
  • Sport
  • November 28, 2014, 08:32

James O’Donoghue has provided an insight into his great year, “shouldering the burden” of becoming Kerry’s talisman in the absence of Colm Cooper, but(...)

Austin Stacks’ William Kirby in action against Colm Cooper of Dr Crokes. “Your career is short enough and I’m finding it hard to walk away.” Photo: Lorraine O’Sullivan/inpho

Two ways of looking at this. William Kirby, who lines out for Austin Stacks in tomorrow’s Kerry county final, will be 40 next February. Or – just a se(...)

Kerry’s Kieran Donaghy celebrates scoring a goal against Donegal in the All-Ireland final at Croke Park. “While the body’s good and I feel I can help, I’ll play.” Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Bill Clinton called himself the ‘Comeback Kid’ for less. Kerry’s Kieran Donaghy, who yesterday, with Kilkenny hurler Richie Power, was named one of th(...)

Donegal’s Karl Lacey leaving the field strewn in streamers. One can only hope that  was not his last act in a Donegal shirt. Photograph: Inpho

“DO you mind? I’ve been waiting here since half past 12,” a Kerry woman informed a Donegal man, cursed by height and stature, as he tried to unobtrusi(...)

Huge crowds turned out at Rathmore railway station to welcome home the victorious Kerry senior and minor football teams yesterday evening. Photograph: Eamonn Keogh

“Country roads, take me home/ To the place I belong.” The voice may have been John Denver’s but the sentiment was surely felt by all of the 2,000 or s(...)

A disappointed Karl Lacey of Donegal returns to the dressing room after the defeat to Kerry in the All-Ireland final at Croke  Park yesterday. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

No one said it would be a classic. And no one in Kerry will mind that now after winning what must rank as one of the sweetest All-Irelands of their gr(...)

Donegal’s Leo McLoone is challenged by Aidan O’Mahony of Kerry in 2012’s All Ireland senior football championship quarter-final in Croke Park, which the northerners won en route to an All-Ireland title. Photograph: Colm O’Neill/Inpho

There has been a lot of talk for the past fortnight about the similarities between Donegal and Kerry - the landscape, the seascape, the Gaeltachts, th(...)

Paul Geaney gained great experience in the Sigerson Cup before starring for the Kerry senior football team. Photograph: Inpho.

On Sunday when Kerry take on Donegal in the All-Ireland minor final, the county will be marking 20 years since previously winning the Tom Markham Cup(...)

Rory Kavanagh of Donegal in action against Dublin’s Rory O’Carroll in their All-Ireland SFC semi-final. Kavanagh kicked a big point during his side’s recovery late in the first half. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Rory Kavanagh’s excellent league campaign ended frustratingly. The Division Two final brought Donegal back to Croke Park for the first time since Mayo(...)

Dublin’s James McCarthy and Christy Toye of Donegal during the All-Ireland semi-final at Croke Park. Photograph: James Crosbie/Inpho.

In the days before this semi-final, Donegal found themselves in a familiar place: locked away together and the world not giving them much of a chance(...)